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DEADLINE EXTENDED to Dec. 12 for solutions in the SHS Student Simulation Competition

The deadline to submit solutions for the FlexSim case study has been extended to Dec. 12. That’s seven extra days for entered teams to develop their solution and submit it by the new deadline! For more information on the competition and deadlines, click here. For questions, contact Bonnie Cameron.

SHS Annual Business Meeting to be conducted by webinar - All members invited to attend!

Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Eastern time

This year, the SHS Board has decided that, rather than its usual time at the annual conference,/uploadedImages/SHSNew/bigstock-Green-Webinar-Icon-With-Highli-45449404.jpg we will be conducting the annual SHS Business Meeting via webinar. In this session, members will receive an update on the status of the society, as well as recent accomplishments and future direction as determined by the board of directors. Time will be allotted in this webinar for questions and answers from the membership. The webinar will be conducted at 2 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, Nov. 6. Register here

Get excited about the 2015 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference!

The 2015 Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference is coming up. The conference will be held at the Rosen Hotel in Orlando, Florida, from Feb. 18-20.

Preconference workshops will be held on Feb. 18. Pre-conference workshops offer in-depth, skill-building tools and focus on the topics that you will require for career advancement and professional development. Enhance your learning experience and maximize your networking opportunities by attending one of our pre-conference workshops.

The daily themes have been announced! Thursday’s focus will be "Driving Value in Healthcare through Leadership and Education" and Friday’s will be "Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare."

Submit a poster presentation (Deadline is Nov. 14) | Pre-conference Workshops 

Healthcare spending slowdown: The consumer paradox

Despite a nationwide slowdown on healthcare spending, a new study by healthcare economics consulting firm Dobson DaVanzo shows that consumers now spend more on healthcare through higher out-of-pocket expenses and premium costs.The Federation of American Hospitals commissioned the report, which examined the national spending slowdown occurring in tandem with a structural change in health insurance benefit design. The firm examined first quarter findings from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, which reveals that national consumer healthcare spending dropped by 1.4 percent - the largest decrease in national healthcare spending in thirty years.

To learn more, read: Article | Report | Executive Summary 

Stop trying to control people or make them happy

It has been more than eighty years since Frederick Taylor and Elton Mayo produced their studies about Scientific Management (Taylor) and Human Relations in the Workplace (Mayo), yet mangers today continue to use their methods when they face a management challenge or want to boost morale. The consequence is what we call "complicatedness," which spells trouble for a company’s productivity and leads employees to feel frustrated and to disengage.

STUDY - Hospital executive walk-rounds can improve safety

New research published in BMJ Quality & Safety reveals that a specific method for fostering interactions between hospital executives and front-line health workers can reduce staff burnout and improve hospitals' safety cultures.

Member milestones

Congratulations! Please join us in congratulating the following members for their continued service and membership with Society for Health Systems. These members have been completed milestone years of service to the society in the month of November 2014.


SHS NewsletterOctober 2014

The October 2014 edition of the SHS Newsletter features a call for nominations for the SHS Board of Directors and a call for applications for the SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award. Announced is a Networking Session and Presentation event to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on Oct. 24. Read articles about computer models that accurately describe the spread of the Ebola virus; a fresh look at managing change that comes to response to a crisis; what deep-fry joints and traffic have to do with population health; and how to get your improvement projects approved. View the presentation and recording of the webinar, Wearable Workflow Needs Health Systems Engineering; and read about the new member with a successful career, Tangela Craft. The issue also includes information about the dynamic speakers to appear at the HSPI conference and the Society for Health Systems Scholarship Award.


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